Chiricahua National Monument – Sunset at Massai Point

Chiricahua National Monument - Sunset at Massai Point

Light was fading fast after hiking Sugarloaf Mountain so I drove just up to the end of Bonita Canyon Drive where it dead ends at the Massai Point Overlook. Many trails begin (or end) here and it’s quite a large parking lot offering near 360-degree views although not quite as unobstructed. Had a quick dinner … Read more

Chiricahua National Monument – Sugarloaf Mountain Trail

Chiricahua National Monument - Golden hour views from Sugarloaf Mountain trail

Might be a few days behind schedule but I finally made it to Chiricahua National Monument for actual hiking & exploration. To start the afternoon I slowed down a bit and just cruised through the park getting a lay of the land & soaking in the amazing scenery.  Eventually I booked a campsite and then … Read more

Coronado National Memorial

Coronado National Memorial - Amazing views at Montezuma Pass

Leaving the Gila Cliff Dwellings took longer than expected (as usual) and I had no choice but to spent last night in Benson, AZ (at the same hotel as before) so I could make the best decision on how to use my last few days of time. Weather is perfect so all options were open. … Read more

Gila Cliff Dwellings National Monument

Gila Cliff Dwellings National Monument - View from inside the cliff dwellings

Headed out from Las Cruces and bid my family farewell. Today was dedicated to a singular goal of visiting the Gila Cliff Dwellings National Monument. I have made attempts in the past (see here in 2018) and always ran out of time or got turned back due to weather changes. No more barriers today and … Read more

Organ Mountains – Fillmore Canyon

Organ Mountains Fillmore Canyon Trail - Red rocks at sunset

Rolled into Las Cruces very early in the afternoon meaning I had a few hours of daylight for a hike – finally, A HIKE! Weather was perfect and I was dying to stretch my legs. Drove to a couple super off-beat trailheads I found on AllTrails but roads were impassable. Gave up and headed to … Read more

Irma’s Restaurant @ Deming, NM

Irma's Restaurant @ Deming, New Mexico - Fried Gorditas with Chicken...Muy Delicioso!

Left Benson in the early morning and started heading very far eastward. Crazy fog, clouds, wind, and some rain across I-10. Traffic on a tuesday morning is pretty light and the drive is pretty monotonous anyways so it didn’t matter. Met my dad & his co-workers for lunch at Irma’s Restaurant in Deming, New Mexico. … Read more

Kartchner Caverns State Park

Kartchner Caverns State Park - View outside the cavern entrance from afar

Weather once again killed any chance I had for hikes. The drive back from Tombstone to Benson switched between rain and sun depending which cloud was overhead at the time. It’s a flat drive with no danger like going up the mountains so I found it enjoyable to watch the drama unfold across the sky … Read more

Tombstone Historic District

Tombstone Historic District - Gunfight show at the O.K. Corral

In addition to my previous posts on the Tombstone Courthouse State Historic Park and the Bird Cage Theatre, here are some other sights & attractions that can be found in Tombstone’s Historic District (around Allen and Toughnut Streets). Wild West Street Scenes If you drift into a strange western town on a rainy, cloudy, early … Read more

Tombstone’s Bird Cage Theatre

Tombstone's Bird Cage Theatre - Exterior View

As I wandered the streets of Tombstone on an early Monday morning it was becoming clear not many businesses were open yet. Aside from the courthouse and a couple souvenier stores the only place open was the Bird Cage Theatre. I didn’t know anything about it beforehand but oh boy was I in for a … Read more

Tombstone Courthouse State Historic Park

Tombstone Courthouse - Hanging gallows and jail cell

Weather forecast today was about the same or worse than yesterday so I skipped over opportunities for hikes. Instead, I decided to check out a throwback to the wild west era: the city of Tombstone, Arizona. More of this will be covered in subsequent posts but my first stop was the Tombstone Courthouse State Historic … Read more